Colin Campbell

Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Ph.D., Physics, Pennsylvania State University, 2012
  • B.S., Physics, Westminster College, 2007
  • First Year Seminar 101: Reason in Society
  • Physics 101: College Physics I
  • Physics 102: College Physics II
  • Physics 211: Modern Physics
  • Physics 252: Scientific Modeling and Data Analysis
  • Physics 304: Classical Mechanics
  • Physics 322: Quantum Mechanics
  • Physics 391/491: Physics Seminar

Prof. Campbell is a computational and theoretical physicist with a research focus in understanding how simple interactions give rise to complex behavior. These so-called complex systems arise in diverse technological, biological, and social systems. For more on Prof. Campbell’s collaborative research with a student, refer to the “Faculty Focus” article available here.

Prof. Campbell has published research in leading scientific journals, including Science and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, on diverse topics that include cancer immunotherapy, ecological fluid dynamics, and the theory of controlling the behavior of complex systems. He is a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal in the Nature Publishing Group (NPG).

An enthusiastic educator, Prof. Campbell has received multiple teaching honors. Prior to joining Washington College in 2015, Prof. Campbell was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Departments of Physics and Biology at the Pennsylvania State University.